Ruhango genocide survivors appeal for decent shelter

By IGIHE
On 15 February 2021 at 10:02

Survivors of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi settled together in Gasharu village, in Murama cell Bweramana sector, Ruhango district in Southern Province have appealed for support to get decent shelters saying they currently live in old houses about to collapse.

Gasharu village was built in 2007 to enable vulnerable genocide survivors live in decent shelters.

Some of the residents, who spoke to Huguka Fm, appealed for support to get new houses or renovate existing ones.

“The house and kitchen are about to fall down. Our life is at risk because these structures might fall on us anytime,” said one resident.

“I am in my advanced age and have no source of income. My wish is to get my old house renovated,” said another resident.

The mayor of Ruhango district, Habarurema Valens has told IGIHE that the old structures in question will be demolished to set up a new model village.

“We do send settlement experts to assess the robustness of their houses to avoid susceptible risks. We expect to demolish old structures that have existed for long to be replaced by a model village,” he noted.

“They should rest assured of that. We shall provide rental fees as we build new houses for them at the current site,” added Habarurema.

Ruhango district plans to start construction of the model village in collaboration with The Fund for Support to Genocide Survivors (FARG) from July in the 2021/2022 fiscal year.

Ruhango district headquarters.

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